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The Leaky Vessel: Extravasation Protocols and Antidotes
July 14, 2022This presentation by Danielle DeCormier, LVT, VTS (oncology), discusses what to do when chemotherapy administration goes wrong. It covers the common injectable chemotherapeutics and what to do if they get outside the vein. Each drug will be explained as an irritant or vesicant, plus whether or not it has an antidote, and what the suggested protocols are if extravasated. Chemotherapy handling and administration will be addressed in terms of safety and prevention.
Is chemotherapy a viable treatment for lymphoma in horses?
June 25, 2019Lymphoma, which is cancer of the lymphatic system, is a rare medical condition of horses. However, it also is the most common malignant neoplastic condition of the horse system. Horses of any age can be affected, although it more commonly appears earlier in life (from four to 10 years of age). Lymphoma has several manifestations: multicentric, in the gastrointestinal tract, in the skin, and even in discrete settings. This disease can be difficult to …
Osteosarcoma: Beyond amputation and euthanasia
March 12, 2019When a patient is diagnosed with osteosarcoma, we tend to focus on three options: • the “gold standard,” i.e. amputation with or without chemotherapy; • what many call palliative care, meaning pain medication and rest; or • euthanasia. But what if amputation is not an option? What if chemotherapy or radiation is out of the owner’s financial capabilities? Or a couple of medications are not enough to numb the pain? What if …
Purdue University research aims to customize cancer treatments
April 26, 2018Researchers at Purdue University exploring Doppler light scattering, a new method for testing how patients will respond to various drugs, say it could help customize chemotherapy treatments for patients diagnosed with cancer, paving the way for more effective, personalized treatments. Similar to meteorological Doppler weather radar, which sends electromagnetic waves into clouds to determine the overall motion of raindrops, Doppler light scattering creates a 3-D map of activity occurring within living tissue samples, allowing researchers …